Irish State Agencies
Working with state agencies in The Netherlands
The Embassy works closely with state agencies to promote trade, tourism and inward investment.
- Support Irish companies who want to find and access new markets and help with resolving commercial difficulties where possible
- Provide general advice on doing business locally and, through our network of contacts, pursue export and investment opportunities that will benefit Ireland
- Work to secure market access for Irish products in key sectors
Working with the right expertise in relevant state agencies is part of our successful strategy.
The Irish Food Board, known as Bord Bia, acts as a link between Irish food, drink and horticulture suppliers and existing and potential customers throughout the world. Bord Bia has a network of overseas offices including an office in Amsterdam. You can also follow Bord Bia on Twitter.
Enterprise Ireland (EI) is the government organisation responsible for developing and growing Irish enterprises in world markets. Enterprise Ireland has an office in Amsterdam, it also has a network of nine regional offices throughout Ireland and over 30 international locations. You can also follow Enterprise Ireland on Twitter.
Tourism Ireland markets the island of Ireland as a holiday destination overseas. It devises and implements world-class marketing programmes and provides industry partners with opportunities to market their own products and services alongside Tourism Ireland overseas. Tourism Ireland has an office in Amsterdam. You can also follow Tourism Ireland on Twitter.
Ireland's inward investment promotion agency, IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Agency) is responsible for attracting and developing foreign investment. IDA Ireland covers The Netherlands from its office in Paris. You can also follow IDA Ireland on Twitter.
Ireland Netherlands Business Association (INBA)
The mission of the Ireland Netherlands (INBA) is to facilitate business networking between member companies and individuals in the Dutch and Irish business communities.
The INBA works closely with Irish state agencies and the broader Dutch and Irish business communities in the Netherlands. Its membership spans the business spectrum from International public companies to small and medium sized companies and semi-state organisations. The association, established in 1991, is non-profit and is funded on a voluntary basis. For more information visit the INBA website www.inba.nl and follow INBA on Twitter.
Irish Club of The Netherlands (ICN)
The Irish Club Netherlands (ICN) - Club Éireannachn a hísiltíre, De Ierse Vereiniging Nederland - was founded in 1984 to provide a focal point for Irish people living in The Netherlands. With the growing number of Irish people settling here, the club plays a central role in providing cultural and social links with the Irish community in many parts of Europe. Its scope of activities include Irish language activities and lessons, Gaelic Sports, Irish Step, Set and Céilí Dancing, traditional Irish music and Irish culture. For more information visit the ICN website www.irishclub.nl.
De Vereniging Nederland-Ierland (The Netherlands-Ireland Society)
The Dutch-Irish Society was founded in 1949 as the ''Ierse Vriendenkring''. Its main aim is to contribute to the cultural relations between The Netherlands and Ireland. This is in particular achieved by stimulating mutual interest in Dutch and Irish culture and further development of the ties of friendship between the people of both countries in the framework of a close West European co-operation.
The Society publishes a periodical called ''In-Nuachta'' (that what is newsworthy) presenting a wide range of scientific articles and providing the reader with information on Ireland. There are feature items such as a short overview from the press, book reviews, and articles covering areas such as nature, landscape, environment, history and archaeology.
In addition, the society organises meetings and gatherings for its members; in spring around St. Patrick's Day and later in the year an informal but informative presentation is organised. The society furthermore tries to keep the members informed about Irish related events, lectures and seminars, debates and exhibitions held in The Netherlands.
Membership enquiries should be addressed to:
Vereniging Nederland Ierland
Jaap Croockewit, J.J. Viottastraat 27,
There are a number of Irish dancing groups in The Netherlands. Below are the websites for some of them.
Irish Sports (Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camogie)
Eindhoven Shamrocks can be contacted via Facebook
Maastricht Gaels can be contacted via Facebook